It was a wild night in the newly refurbished SMC Naismith hut at Elphin with high winds and rain rattling on the roof all night. The forecast said the weather was coming in early afternoon with gales and we were amazed by the great views in the morning of the Assynt trilogy Suilven, Canisp and Cul Mor. It is only a short drive to the wonderful stalking path that starts the Cul Mor walk and we were horrified when we saw the damage to the hill next to the path of a 4 x 4 track going up the hill. It is incredible the damage these tracks can make to the hill and the unknown plants that are damaged, all done by Estates that are supposed to guardians of our heritage, a tragedy. Take nothing but photos leave nothing but footprints, what legacy do we leave?
It is a grand walk up the path with views unfolding all the way of Suilven and Canisp and the many lochs that make this area so unique. The weather was holding and though windy the views were enthralling. Tom my friend was giving me a botany lecture all the way along and I was finding how plants change as the winter comes in.
We had planned to go into Coire Gorm and climb the scramble Pinnacle Ridge at the edge of the Coire but the weather was coming in and it was left for another day. We got to the summit where Tom wandered off to find a plant while I drunk in the views. The sky was black and then the rain as forecast hit us.
It was wild walk on the way off in heavy rain and wind and the track made by the 4×4 was a river but we had some fun and even managed to spot some plants on the way off.
Back to the hut were we sooned dried off, even though it was a short day my knees were sore and old bones ached. We had company with the “Keeper of the List” Dave Broadhead who keeps the names of Munroist for the SMC and his friend who had been on the Munro Ben Kilbreck and missed the bad weather were staying in the hut. There was a few tales after our meal. The end of a great day.